Program Goals and Competencies
Marshfield Labs (St. Joseph’s Hospital/Marshfield Clinic Joint Venture Lab) offers a 50-
week program in Histology.
The Histotechnician program is affiliated with the following
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point,
Stevens Point, WI
University of Wisconsin – Stout,
Michigan Technological University,
Northern Michigan University,
Students enrolled in the Histotechnician program participate in a practicum designed to
expose them to the everyday workflow of a histology laboratory and teach them the
knowledge and skills necessary to work as a fully competent Histotechnician (HT).
program awards a certificate of completion to students completing the program.
awarding of the certificate is not contingent upon passing any external licensure or
Graduates are eligible to take a national Board of Certification
exam to become certified as a Histotechnician (HT).
Students enrolled at a university
during the practicum receive a degree from their university.
The Histotechnician program was established at St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1951 and is
accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Information regarding program accreditation status may be obtained from
NAACLS at 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois, 60018-5119, Ph. 773-714-
8880, or at
Histology technicians and technologists assist the pathologist by preparing and
staining thin tissue sections from surgical and autopsy specimens for microscopic
study. To enable the student to learn these techniques, reviews are given on
microscopy, medical terminology, and basic chemistry.
Lectures on tissue
preparation, laboratory techniques, computer entry, normal microscopic histology,
instrumentation, histochemistry, quality control, management, safety, and
immunohistochemistry (IHC) are given by staff technicians and pathologists.